February 26, 2011

Hurley's Five Leads Jacksonville Past Fresno

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Amanda Hurley tied a career high with five goals while Abigail Warnken and Ellyn Spangenberg tallied hat tricks to lead the JU women’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 victory over Fresno State in a neutral site contest at Oregon’s Pape’ Field on Saturday afternoon.

Ten players scored goals for the Dolphins, helping the squad improve to 3-1. JU built a 13-1 halftime advantage over Fresno State, dropping the Bulldogs to 0-3. Fresno State is now 0-31 since launching its program in 2009.

Hurley provided an offensive spark as a reserve. The attacker scored four goals in the first half to help JU surge to a 13-0 run. Hurley tied her single-game high set last April 24 against Presbyterian.

Warnken came in on a three-game scoring drought but quickly found the scoring touch that led to 14 goals in 2010. Warnken opened the scoring just 31 seconds in and contributed two more second-half insurance goals for her first career hat trick. The sophomore midfielder also added two ground balls and two caused turnovers and needed just four shots to reach the three-goal mark.

Spangenberg has now scored in all four games and has a team-leading eight goals along with a 2.0 goals-per-game average. The sophomore middie chipped in an assist for a four-point afternoon, falling just one shy of a career high.

JU dominated the Bulldogs from the opening draw, crafting a 24-6 edge in shots through the opening 30 minutes. The Dolphins scored five goals in the opening 10:16 and only Fresno State goalkeeper’s Lisa Barnaba’s seven saves prevented JU from holding an even larger edge entering the break.

Sophomore goalkeeper Karli Tobin capitalized on the goal support, making three saves through 45 minutes before being spelled by Elizabeth Gatch (two saves). Before the respite, Tobin had been the only player to see time in the cage for the Dolphins this season.

Rachel Krell registered her first multi-goal game of the season, scoring once in each half. Freshman Nikki Erdely found the score sheet again. The first-year attacker has seven goals through her first four games.

Ali Hoffman, Jen Cosgrove and Chelsea Watts rounded out the JU scoring. The Dolphins will look to end its West Coast swing strong on Sunday with a contest against the University of Oregon. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Eastern.


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